AAAI Publications, Twelfth International Conference on the Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning

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The Combined Approach to Query Answering in DL-Lite
Roman Kontchakov, Carsten Lutz, David Toman, Frank Wolter, Michael Zakharyaschev

Last modified: 2010-04-27


Databases and related information systems can benefit from the use of ontologies to enrich the data with general background knowledge. The DL-Lite family of ontology languages was specifically tailored towards such ontology-based data access, enabling an implementation in a relational database management system (RDBMS) based on a query rewriting approach. In this paper, we propose an alternative approach to implementing ontology-based data access in DL-Lite. The distinguishing feature of our approach is to allow rewriting of both the query and the data. We show that, in contrast to the existing approaches, no exponential blowup is produced by the rewritings. Based on experiments with a number of real-world ontologies, we demonstrate that query execution in the proposed approach is often more efficient than in existing approaches, especially for large ontologies. We also show how to seamlessly integrate the data rewriting step of our approach into an RDBMS using views (which solves the update problem) and make an interesting observation regarding the succinctness of queries in the original query rewriting approach.


Ontology-Based Data Access; Query Answering; DL-Lite

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